Summary Of Nirkland And The School Of Manners

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One of the most important literary genres of the 18th-Century in England was the Comedy of Manners which is the synonym of the Restoration Comedy. The origins of this genre lie in the classical tradition, it first appeared in the ancient Greece, and then Roman satirists and poets imitated these models, that centuries later were copied by many poets during the Renaissance. The Comedy of Manners of the Restoration can be divided into two main generations: The first one is the earlier 18th-Century, in which William Congreve and his work “The Way of the World” is included among another authors such as Vanbrugh and Farquar and the second one is the later 18th-Century, the later development of this genre, with Richard B. Sheridan and his work “The School for Scandal” among another authors such as Oliver Goldsmith. These two plays are characterized for giving a satirical portrayal of behavior in a particular social group, the main themes are usually the romance, but with its focus on the marriage rather tan real love, and the pursuit of money. However, there have been no controlled studies which compare differences in Congreve’s “A Way of The World”, a play set in London at the end of the seventeenth century in which we can find complex characters, an entangled plot and divergent themes including love, marriage, money or sex and Sheridan’s “The School for Scandal”, in which gossip and scandal, usually concerning sexual intrigue, dominate the high society and aristocracy of England.

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